Conservation on Tap: Camp Mercer – CCC Camp 660
July 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department will host “Conservation on Tap” at The Pines Beer Garden in Mercer. This lecture series is held monthly June-August and hosts guest lecturers on a variety of conservation topics. Each talk is about an hour with time for Q&A following.
July 11: Camp Mercer – CCC Camp 660
Along the bank of the Manitowish River, on June 21, 1933 the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) established 660th Company S-79 or Camp Mercer. Join us for a free presentation regarding CCC camp’s significant impact on the surrounding area. 660th Company built the Mercer Ranger Station, constructed and manned numerous lookout towers in support of our state forest rangers. These also men fought the brutal Powell Marsh and Sherman fires, protecting lives and property.
The contributions of these men helped define our region by protecting and preserving northwoods’ natural resources. The imprint that these men made on the land cannot be over emphasized. Through their diligence, the northwoods was transformed from a cutover, fire ravaged landscape into a forest again, with numerous improvements for generations of people looking to experience the great outdoors.
Newly discovered images, maps, and government documents from the Wisconsin Historical Society will be shared to illustrate the evolution and impact of Camp Mercer
Join Historian Jim Bokern, as he talks about our local Conservation Traditions.
For more information on this program, contact the Iron County Land & Water Conservation Dept at 715-561-2234.